U.S. Intervenes in Suit Against Florida's Halifax Hospital, Alleges Stark Law Violations

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The United States has partially intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Halifax Hospital Medical Center, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

The government has partially intervened in allegations that Halifax violated the Stark Law, which prohibits a hospital from billing Medicare for services referred by physicians that have an improper financial relationship with the hospital.

The United States alleges that Halifax's contracts with three neurosurgeons and six medical oncologists were improper, in part, because they either paid these physicians more than fair market value, were not commercially reasonable or took into consideration the volume or value of the physicians' referrals.

The lawsuit was filed in July 2009 by Elin Baklid-Kunz, currently employed at Halifax Staffing as the director of physician services, under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.   

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